CON English as a Second Language - Undergraduate Students version October 2012

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English as a Second Language Undergraduate Students Subsection: 5.2.5
Section 5.0 - Policy Originating Date: March, 1987
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Undergraduate Admission, Progression, Graduation & Scholarship/Grant Committee
Revised: February, 1994
Revised: January, 1999
Revised: February, 2003
Revised: April, 2006
Revised: April, 2011
Reviewed: October, 2012
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  1. Applicants whose language of nurture is not English must present current (within the last 5 years) scores from instruments that measure listening, structure, reading, writing and oral communication competency in the English Language. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English are acceptable examinations to demonstrate English language competency.
  2. The minimum scoring standards are:
    1. Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): minimum score of 22 in the Reading, Listening and Writing sections and a minimum score of 26 in the Speaking section.
    2. Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 59 in the Reading, Listening and Writing sections and a minimum score of 71 in the Speaking section.
  3. International applicants who originate from a country whose native language is English will be evaluated individually
  4. Any student who presents with a question of English proficiency upon faculty or student service advisor interview must demonstrate English proficiency according to the standards listed in #2.